Thirty Day Anime Challenge: Days 13 to 17


Earlier this month I was reading Matt Doyle’s excellent blog. He had just completed a Thirty Day Video Game Challenge. That reminded me that I had yet to finish the anime challenge I started way back in July. Oops! I better make some long overdue progress on that by answering a few more questions today. For those of you who only subscribe to this site for reviews, and therefore have no interest in this series, I recommend that you check out these reviews penned by other bloggers instead…

Anime: Sword Art Online (Season Two)
Manga: Black Butler
Movie: Aquaman
Video Game: Pokemon Red/Blue


I pretty much resemble any anime character who is a stereotypical geek. Perhaps you could compare me to a male version of Moriko Morioka, as I stay indoors all day, am terrible with face to face interactions and often play characters of the opposite sex in video games. I once asked a friend what animated personality I remind them of. They said Master Roshi, as I am a bald headed pervert. Can’t argue with that logic!


These days I don’t have enough free time to re-watch shows. Just keeping up with the current season’s anime (and older stuff that I want to check out) is a big enough struggle. Many moons ago however, when I limited my anime viewing to DVDs, I wasn’t averse to watching a series multiple times. One particular box-set that got a lot of mileage was Full Metal Alchemist. No matter how many times I watch FMA it never gets old.


I had to rack my brain to come up with an answer for this one. Generally I am not a fan of mascot characters. You can blame eighties cartoons for that. Back when I was a kid, the cartoons I watched often featured comic relief mascots who were super annoying. Anime critters aren’t all bad though. I recently had fun traveling with Pikachu in Pokemon Let’s Go for example. After much thought I am going to pick Taromaru, the pup from School-Live. He’s very cute and played a big role in the show’s emotional finale.


There were many contenders for this category. Garden of Words has some exceptional visuals, as does anything that has Studio Ghibli’s name attached to it. The last Madoka movie is also worth mentioning, due to a particularly impressive fight sequence. All those nominations however have the benefit of a motion picture budget backing them up. With that in mind my vote goes to Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. Who knew that a TV production could look so amazing? One could say that Ufotable’s artists brought their A-game to the (ufo)table in that series.


I had to think long and hard for this one. Nothing immediately came to mind. Most of my favourite male characters, from the world of anime, are protagonists. Although I suspect a better answer will come to me later, I’m going to go with Akio Furukawa from Clannad. His childish antics make me laugh, as do the scenes were he gives Tomoya a hard time. Akio isn’t a one note comedic character though. During tough times he acts as a second father to Tomoya and is selfless when it comes to his family. This is evidenced by the reveal that he abandoned a career in acting in order to support his daughter. Instead of the stage he now works as a baker. The family business depends on him because his wife hasn’t got a clue when it comes to recipes. Octopus tentacles and bread do not make for a tasty combo.


22 thoughts on “Thirty Day Anime Challenge: Days 13 to 17

  1. Oh god Master Roshi πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ On the bright side, Master Roshi has awesome ninja skills so you could take it as a complement πŸ˜€
    Those were some really hard questions, I probably would have struggled to answer some of them too πŸ™‚ You came up with some really good answers. πŸ˜€ I also never tire of Ed’s antics πŸ˜‚

  2. For some reason, this didn’t pop up in WordPress Reader for me. D’oh!
    Thank you kindly for the shout-out! It’s much appreciated.
    Taromaru was an excellent choice. I actually thought he was dealt with better in the anime than the manga, as he was given the chance to have some real imapct rather than having the arc rushed through. FMA is also a great choice as I find that enither version gets old for me either.

    • Both the Full Metal Alchemist shows have their appeal. Brotherhood has the more satisfying ending. It however rushes through the story covered in the original series, so I would argue that the old FMA is better until it catches up with the manga and starts to do its own thing.

      • I remember watching the original and hitting the point where it veers off. At the time, not all the manga was out in the UK,b so I had no idea how different it would end up. I don’t mind the changes in either run though, it’s all entertaining enough to keep me happy.

  3. I can’t say that I’d be able to answer any of these questions if I had done the challenge. I’m stumped thinking about it. Master Roshi is a trendsetter for perverts in anime, as far as I’m concerned so there’s a W in being compared to him in a way. I agree with you on the FMA shoutout, that series will never get old.

  4. Hello The Otaku Judge,

    Embarrassingly I do not think that I have ever seen all of Fullmetal Alchemist or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, even some of my brothers saw them, but I know that I saw some of the episodes back when they were on Cartoon Network; back then I was not watching Toonami / Adult Swim consistently and was not usually sure how many episodes a show had or when it was over et cetera since on television they often do not make this clear for shows (especially on those two television blocks).

    I have heard several people like yourself list it as their favorite or among their favorites.

    I have not seen Garden Of Words but another blogger mentioned and recommended it to me last year, that was my first time ever hearing of it maybe, but recently Glass Reflection mentioned it in one of his videos and the animation looked shockingly amazing like maybe the best that I have seen.

    When I saw the video clips in his video I was like:

    Thank you for sharing this post,
    -John Jr

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